August 28: Message From Fr. Hottovy

Dear Parishioners,

We all continue to keep Officer Mario Herrera and his family in our prayers for his fast and full recovery.  There has been an incredible spiritual response from our parish.  We have had two rosary vigils for Mario that were very well attended and the way in which people prayed the rosary was with great strength, faith and confidence.  This is literally faith in action and the most powerful way that we can support the Herrera family at this time.

As we have restarted three days of Eucharistic Exposition, I’ve had the sense of more intense prayer taking place in our parish.  This is another way that we fight the darkness with the light and power of Christ.  Please come and adore Our Lord when you are able and entrust all of your cares and intentions to him.

In Jesus and Mary,

Father Hottovy

Pastor | St. Teresa Parish

Secretary’s note: Announcements are now being split into new (or updated) and then repeated, to keep things simpler for you to read and understand.


CONFESSIONS: SCHEDULING UPDATE: Beginning September 5th, we are returning to our traditional Saturday confessions times, which are 3-4pm and 5-5:15pm (or until the last confession is heard). We are still using the sacrisities for confessions.

Herrera Family Prayer Support & Notes

Please consider spending an hour in Adoration to pray for the healing of wounded Officer Mario Herrera, for his family, his doctors, nurses, fellow law enforcement officers and all who are caring for the family. Jesus, we trust in You! | Hours are available on Saturday and Sunday in the Sign Up Genius. If you are not able to take a full hour, you may still come and pray without signing up. Please leave the sign up available for a person or family to commit to a full hour. Thank you! We need to make sure all hours are covered to be able to have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Note: You may notice that Sunday’s sign-up has hours which are already planned for parish-Adoration. Those adorers can keep those hours (of course); this sign-up will add extra people to the Sunday hours who are praying specifically for the Herreras.

  • Cards for the Herrera family may be put into the drop slot at the Parish Office (rectory).
  • The link to the Caring Bridge site which updates us on Mario’s condition is HERE.

Marian Mass

  • As part of the Fatima Project, St. Teresa's invites you to attend our annual Marian Mass, multi-language Rosary, and Candlelight Procession on Wednesday Sept 16 at 7pm.  Due to present restrictions, this parish event will take place at St. Teresa.
  • The Blessed Mother asked for "many prayers" to offset the evils of 1917 and for future generations. Let us gather as one to pray for an end to Coronavirus, civil unrest in our country, and for God's hand upon the upcoming elections.
  • Note: We are looking for volunteers to lead the multi-language Rosary.  Please contact Lee Hotovy at to volunteer.

Good Friday Collection: Because of the pandemic, many missed the opportunity to donate to the Pontifical Collection which is normally taken up on Good Friday. This collection benefits Christians living in the Holy Land. This collection will take place on September 13, 2020.

Thank you to the volunteers who have been weeding and pruning around the parish grounds, and to those who so neatly installed confession lights on the sacristy doors.

Godteens will kick off the year with our annual Ice Cream Social this Wed, Sept 2nd, from 7:30-9pm. Meet at the school parking lot/playground. Individually wrapped frozen treats will keep this COVID-19 friendly! If you haven't already signed up, you can register HERE or use the QR code in the printed bulletin.

:: REPEAT PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS (for your convenience) ::

Mass Attendance continues to increase for our Sunday Masses.  If we get to a point that we reach capacity for weekend Masses, we will direct people down to K Hall where the Mass will be livestreamed and communion will be brought to those downstairs.  Our daily Mass attendance is steady and there is plenty of room to spread out in the church.  Please join us for Mass if your health permits.

Planning for RCIA, CCD, Godteens and Religious Education for Intellectually Challenged Youth and Adults are in the works, as we are trying to determine the best way to proceed with these groups.

We are considering creative ways that we may have a simplified version of our Parish Bazaar this year.  There has been communication with our parish groups to see what might be possible.

Many of you have been very generous in maintaining of increasing your church support in the last four months. Because of lessened attendance at Sunday Mass, our collections have obviously gone down. We continue to have fixed costs such as utilities, salaries, property insurance, etc. Would you please consider maintaining your level of giving or maybe increasing it a little? Your support is important and much appreciated.

St. Teresa's Altar Society will meet on Wednesday, September 2 at 7pm. We will begin with the Rosary in the church and then meet in Kaczmarek Hall immediately after.  Cake, coffee, and iced tea will be served.  All women of the parish are members and always welcome at the meetings.  All are asked to wear masks (except when enjoying the dessert) and we will social distance.

Spiritual Adoption Program: Members of St. Teresa Parish Family will have the opportunity this weekend to spiritually adopt a child who is newly conceived. The program will begin on Sept 8, in honor of our Blessed Mother’s birthday. Please see the insert for details and check the bulletin for updates.

S.T.A.G.E. student theater presents screenplays!

  • Please consider auditioning for Studio STAGE/and or/Saintspeare! Both performances will be created for "film", presented via internet , and permanently recorded for a family keepsake. Small groups & outdoor settings will make this possible with COVID restrictions.
  • If you missed auditions this weekend, please contact Lee Hotovy at for a time slot.
  • Auditions will remain open until Sept 4th.
  • Please visit to learn the details of these two fun opportunities for kids.
  • For ages 9 and up.

We will NOT be having a parish picnic this year (normally celebrated around our Titular Feast Day of Oct 1st) again—due to health concerns.

The Parish Bazaar is tentatively planned for November 8th with changes for health and safety.


Those who are unable to attend Mass or Confessions in person may contact the parish office to schedule a home-visit from a priest for confession and/or communion.


Eucharistic Adoration (Exposition!)

During this difficult time in our community, country and world, we need Jesus more than ever. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is vital for the conversion of our world. We want to bring back Eucharistic Adoration, but we need to make sure that someone is present with Jesus the whole time He is exposed. As we ease back into an adoration schedule, Exposition will be Sundays from 1-9pm, Mondays from 9-9, and Tuesdays from 9-9 and will begin August 16th IF all Hours are filled. We will reevaluate on September 29th. If you aren’t able to commit to an hour each week, consider signing up as a substitute. Regardless of whether you commit or sub, please stop by at any time during adoration to make a visit with our Lord, even if only for a few minutes! God loves to spend time with you! An online sign-up has been created HERE to make sure all hours are covered and its link is in the weekly e-mail. If you want to sign up but can’t use the link, please call the parish office for help.

Our SCRIP program is beneficial, indispensable, and ever-evolving … especially as COVID has changed the way we are doing all things. Using SCRIP for even your most basic shopping needs can offer St. Teresa School $150.  That’s $100/week x 52 weeks.  If 300 families did this, St. Teresa’s would receive $46,800 each year.  We are currently at almost $7,000.  We can do so much better! Please see the attachment “SCRIP COVID Instructions” for a detailed announcement and then take time to look at the Raise Right Flyer for ideas about how to use this new app.

Our St. Teresa Thrift Shop is open for business!

  • Here are the guidelines:
  • Masks must be worn.
  • Children under 12 will not be admitted
  • The number of shoppers may be limited.
  • Please donate only during store hours.
  • September Hours are Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays 9-3 BUT the store will be closed Labor Day weekend.
  • We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in our efforts to
  • reopen the thrift store.  Whether you have donated, volunteered, shopped with us or all of the above, you are helping us to keep our doors open.  We have been averaging over $1000 each weekend, many of those weekends being half off our already low prices.
  • The Thrift Shop always needs volunteers! For more information, call Barb Bechtoltz: 402-499-9735, Karen Restau: 402-309-9769, or Ann Reinke 402-560-4114.


Fatima Project Update: It’s not too late to join the Parish’s spiritual pilgrimage to Fatima! For more information, please pick up a brochure in church, view the attachment on the most recent e-mail, or find it on our parish’s Facebook Page.

Are you interested in learning more about your faith or are you considering becoming Catholic?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will be offered this year. Classes are in the Marian Room from 7:30-9pm on Thursday evenings, beginning on Sept 24th. These classes are for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Invite a friend and plan to attend!

Golf Tournament: St. Teresa's Men's Club is sponsoring a golf tournament.  The four-man scramble will be held at Highlands Golf Course on Sunday, Sept 13th.  For more info or a registration form, please contact Dale Theisen at 402-430-0973.

In-parish Job Opening: St. Teresa Catholic Church and School is seeking a Custodian. This includes general cleaning—keeping the facilities clean and orderly—and upkeep of the parish, school, and grounds, sanitizing surfaces at school and public areas of the church and rectory, mowing and grounds maintenance, snow removal and ice-melt application, and occasional light maintenance and minor repairs. High school diploma or GED is required. For more information, contact the Parish Office: 402-477-3979.

Walk the Little Way for 2020 is gearing up. If you have a business and would like to support Saint Teresa School by advertising on the t-shirts and banner for Walk the Little Way, please contact Janice Swanson at Janiceswanson7

St. Teresa School is looking to add to our list of Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. If you do not have a teaching or substitute certificate, you may still be eligible to apply for a local substitute teaching permit. This permit requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of college coursework and at least one course in professional education. Contact Sister Mary Ruth at 402-477-3358 or for more information.

Confirmation: The eagerly-anticipated confirmation of last year’s fifth graders will take place September 19th and 26th at 10am. Please note: attendance is by invitation only.

Pink Sisters & Adoration Chapel: Because the current (COVID-19) Risk Level in our community is high, the Chapel remains closed to the public in order to preserve the health of the sisters and the lay adorers. When the Risk Level lowers significantly, reopening of the chapel will be considered.






The Seiker family is looking for a nighttime caregiver for Vince & Theresa Seiker from 10pm to 7am Monday through Thursday (it is possible to divide/reduce the number of days). CNA experience is preferred. $20 per hour. If interested, please call Susan at 402-975-9191.


Newman Institute Fall Seminars are now open for registration. Owing to COVID, the seminars will be available either in-person (limited to 15) or online. Because of their popularity, both spring seminars will be repeated. Dr. David Arias will teach "In Wandering Mazes Lost": Seven Philosophical Errors, including relativism, Marxism and transgenderism. Dr. Helen Freeh will teach Tolkien, Friendship and the Pursuit of the Good. The seminars meet for 90 minutes on alternating Monday evenings, with the first classes in mid-September. See for details. Priests, pastors, religious and students pay half price. Dr. Freeh also gives the fall's first Reborn in Wonder lecture: Standing on a Knife's Edge: The Battle Between Hope and Despair in J.R.R. Tolkien, at 7 PM, Wednesday, September 9. The in-person public lecture, which will also be live-streamed, will be held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at UNL.



Upcoming Retreats at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House

Note: Altar Society or Men’s Club will pay for half of the cost of a standard retreat once per retreat-year for parishioners!

  • September 4-7, a 3-4 day Directed Spiritual Exercises retreat for men and women (in person) will be given by Fr. Gary Coulter and Fr. Chris Barak.
  • September 10-13: Work of the Holy Angels | For men or women | by Opus Sanctorum Angelorum (non-standard)

For more information, a complete list of retreats, or to register, please visit Our Lady of Good Counsel’s website.

Men’s Conference: October 17 from 9 am – 3 pm at St. Peter Church in Lincoln. Men on Fire: Take Back What Belongs To You. Online participation option now available! Register online at

Scholarships available - contact Annette Wemhoff at for more information. This event is sponsored by Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM.


Women’s Conference: September 24-26 @ St. Peter Church in Lincoln. Undone: Freedom for the Feminine Heart. Online participation option now available! Register online at  Scholarships, student and missionary discounts are available - contact Annette Wemhoff at for more information. This event is sponsored by Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM KVSS.

Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

All students being confirmed along with their parents are invited to attend the “Confirmed in Mission” Confirmation Retreat! It will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 10am-4:30pm at Camp Kateri. This event is an opportunity for parents and their children to come together to be renewed in the Holy Spirit and prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. Light breakfast and lunch is provided, and appropriate health measures will be taken. Cost is $15 per person to register. To register or for more information visit:

The Benedict XVI Diocesan School of Catechesis is for Catholics wanting to strengthen their intellectual and spiritual formation to empower their evangelical mission in the world. It covers the Creed, the Sacraments, the Commandments, and Prayer (Year I) as well as Salvation History, Church History, Faith and Reason, and Spirituality (Year II). Participants can join in Year I or Year II and classes will be offered in-person and on Zoom simultaneously. The time commitment is one Saturday a month from September to April for two years. The cost is $100 per semester but those who teach CCD, God-teen/CYO, or in Catholic schools receive a 25% discount.

For more information go to or call 402-473-0631.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center with Catholic Social Services continues to support mental health for the Diocese of Lincoln through the use of telehealth. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties that adversely impact daily functioning or shadow the joy of living, please reach out. For more information, visit their website at or call 402-489-1834.


May God bless you and keep you!